French: Alouette de Gillett German: Gillettlerche Spanish: Alondra de Gillett
Other common names:
Degodi Lark (degodiensis)
Sibbe, Ogaden country, north-west Somalia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. g. gilletti
Sharpe, 1895 – E Ethiopia, NW Somalia and extreme NE Kenya.
M. g. degodiensis
Érard, 1976 – #Rnear Bogol Manyo, in Degodi region of S Ethiopia.
M. g. arorihensis
Érard, 1976 – #RSE Ethiopia and Somalia (except NW).
16–17 cm; 20–26 g. Medium-sized lark with rufous-brown upperparts, broad whitish supercilium and well-marked face. Plumage is largely rufous-brown above;... read more
Little known; reported as calling “dsee-dsit” from elevated perch, usually top of small... read more
Semi-arid savanna and scrub, typically on hard substrates, often near rocky areas; absent from soft... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, grasshoppers (Acrididae) and seeds. Feeds on ground, typically remaining in shade of bushes during most... read more
Breeds Apr–Jun in Somalia. Monogamous; occurs singly or in pairs throughout year. Displaying male flies up to 100 m above ground for... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common, but thinly distributed and nowhere abundant. Present in Awash National Park, Ethiopia. No obvious threats. However,... read more
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